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Claudio Recchi On 'Uka Uka Racing' Wins Lerici Edition of Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, Also Named Overall Series Winner

5 October 2008

Claudio Recchi and his talented crew aboard Lorenzo Santini’s Uka Uka Racing, rounded off a superb season in the European Melges 32 2008 Audi Sailing Series by winning the final regatta in Lerici, Italy and claiming the overall 2008 Audi Sailing Series crown. Recchi, a past Mumm 30 World Championship winner, was delighted with his double victory and paid tribute to the skills of all his crew including tactician Gabrielle Benussi and Melges Europe chief Federico Michetti. "All these guys are fantastic to sail with and they are the real reason we have been successful. The Melges 32 is a truly great class, superbly well organised, with marvelous competitors and great venues to race at. Next year I think will be even better, with more boats and a World Championship in Porto Cervo."

Uka Uka’s victory in Lerici was by a margin of just one point over Fusto Rubbini on Thule who applied maximum pressure on the final day by finishing fourth in the first of today’s two races - two places ahead of Uka Uka. Thule went on to win the second race comfortably and with Uka Uka mid fleet for much of the race it looked as though a regatta victory for Thule was on the cards. However Recchi and his crew dug deep and found a way to claw themselves back to an event winning fourth place by the finish. A first race win for Luigi Melegari’s Matrix was enough to secure third overall at the regatta, which placed them second in the season’s series. Stefano & Massimo Leporati aboard Kismet saw their challenge for the overall series title evaporate when they posted an uncharacteristic 10, 9 scoreline today.

The 2009 racing season starts early this year with the inaugural Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta. Being held on 5-7 December, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. more than 30+ boats are expected to attend. It is the first event of three included in the 2009 International Melges 32 Midwinter Championship Series, followed by Key West on 19-23 January and ACURA Miami Grand Prix on 5-8 March. This event will be the culmination of world-class hospitality, second-to-none competition featuring the world's greatest sailing talents and the ultimate in performance sportboat racing. Download an NOR and Entry Form today and make plans to participate. Stay tuned to the Official Web site of the International Melges 32 Class Association as more information will be released very soon.

Italy's own Sailrev.tv is offering a variety of competitor interviews and videos from the 2008 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series including Filippo Pacinotti, Andrea Casale, Stefano Rizzi, Gabriele Benussi and Gianfranco Sibello. Visit Sailrev.tv today and relive the excitement!

Melges Europe and the Melges 32 European Class are grateful for the support in 2008 of their title sponsor Audi.